June 14, 2021

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At a good pace Culebra, Vieques and Villalba in the vaccination against COVID-19

Culebra, Vieques and Villalba occupy the first three positions of municipalities with the most people who have completed the series of COVID-19 vaccines, surpassing more than 50% of their population aged 15 and over, while the towns of Cataño, Peñuelas , Guánica and Añasco have the lowest percentage in the immunization race.

An analysis carried out by Primera Hora in which the number of fully vaccinated people in the towns was calculated – according to information provided by the Health Department dashboard until Thursday, May 13 – with the data of their populations, according to the Survey of the Community of 2019 Census, determined that there are 12 municipalities that have successfully inoculated between 40% and 93% of their capable inhabitants to receive the vaccine and whose ages are 15 years and older. At the time of this analysis, Health had just started the vaccination process in the population between 12 and 15 years old, so there is still no concrete data on vaccines completed in this group of society.

Culebra is the town that has most managed to vaccinate its people. According to the health agency in this island municipality, 1,015 of its 1,097 people capable of receiving immunization have already been vaccinated.

It is followed by Vieques, whose population 15 years and older is 7,134 and where 4,443 people were inoculated with the series of vaccines. This is equivalent to 62%.

In third place is Villalba, a mountainous town that is once again teaching the proper management of the COVID-19 crisis and that has managed to vaccinate 52% of its skilled population to receive preventive treatment. Of a population estimated at 18,555 inhabitants, currently in Villalba 9,719 people have been fully vaccinated, while 11,573 have received at least one dose.

This municipality was used as a model to implement at the island level a municipal surveillance system for case investigation and contact tracing of the novel disease, thanks to the initiative of the epidemiologist Fabiola Cruz.

Other municipalities that are going at a good pace, managing to inoculate between 40% and 45% of their capable inhabitants to receive vaccination are: Aibonito (45%), Orocovis (45%), Barranquitas (45%), Lares (44 %), Guaynabo (43%), San Sebastián (43%), Florida (42%), Jayuya (41%) and Bayamón (40%).

Large cities with great mobility of people, although they have administered thousands of doses, do not manage to exceed 36% of the total population able to be vaccinated.

An example of this is Caguas where only 36% of a total of 109,066 people have been fully vaccinated. According to Salud, in this town 50,991 people have received at least one dose and 39,103 have completed the inoculation process.

In San Juan, the capital of the island and whose population capable of being vaccinated is 286,918, 90,052 people have been vaccinated, while another 117,100 have received at least one dose.

In the southern area, in Ponce, the story is similar. The Señorial City has a population of 15 years or more of 116,959 people, and of these only 34% (40,244) have completed the vaccination process.

In the west, Mayagüez has managed to fully inoculate 35% of the 64,783 citizens over 15 years of age. In total, 28,177 people have received at least one dose, while 22,583 received the required doses.

Peoples that do not achieve an accelerated vaccination process

But, there are other municipalities that have great lags in the vaccination process, such as Cataño and Peñuelas, where only 18% of their population over 15 years of age have been vaccinated.

Cataño, whose population capable of completing the immunization process is 20,301, only 3,744 people (18%) have been vaccinated, while 27% have at least one dose.

The scenario is similar in Peñuelas, whose population able to be vaccinated is 16,587, but only 3,014 people have managed to complete the process.

The list of municipalities with the least vaccinated working population are Guánica (21%), Añasco (21%), Naguabo (22%), Maricao (23%), Maunabo (23%), Loíza (23%), Salinas (24% ), Luquillo (26%), Patillas (27%) and Yabucoa (27%).

As reported by the Health Department dashboard, 2,382,460 doses of vaccines have been received in Puerto Rico since the inoculation process against COVID-19 began in December 2020. Of these, 2,307,860 have been distributed.

On the other hand, it has been reported that 2,146,414 doses have been administered. It is estimated that 1,236,056 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 969,889 have already completed the required series. Instead, Salud clarifies that some 161,446 administered doses are waiting to be registered in the Puerto Rico Electronic Immunization System (PREIS).

The expectation of the government of Puerto Rico is to achieve herd immunity (with 70% of the population vaccinated) by the end of August. According to the 2020 Census report, the island has 3,285,874 inhabitants. It is estimated that the population able to be vaccinated is 2.7 million. 70% of that working population is 1,946,496 people. Of this percentage, 47% have completed the process, taking into account the data provided by Health.

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